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Andrew Ng (415) 379-5123
ang@calacademy.org

***PLEASE NOTE: Admission to the Academy during the duration of the DINOSAURS exhibit will be: $10 for adults; $6.50 for youth ages 12 to 17, seniors ages 65+, and students with valid ID; $2 for children ages four to 11; and free for children ages three and younger.***

What's On in November at the California Academy of Sciences
Exhibits, Events, and Lectures

Exhibits

DINOSAURS: Ancient Fossils, New Discoveries through February 4, 2007
What you thought you knew is history. Journey back 130 million years to walk amongst life-size models of dinosaurs, reptiles, and birds; watch a mechanical model of a T. rex skeleton walk in place; examine the evidence for feathered dinos; and learn how many preconceived notions about these ancient beasts are being shattered as recent discoveries are brought to life using the latest technologies. Open from 10 am to 5 pm. California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, 55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118. (415) 379-8000.

African Penguin Colony – ongoing exhibit
Watch the Academy’s African penguins dip and dive in their tank and maintain their shelters. Every day at 11 am and 3:30 pm , visitors can enjoy feeding shows and ask questions as an aquatic biologist dons a wet suit, takes temperature measurements, and then tosses vitamin-stuffed herring and capelin to the penguins. Each feeding takes 20 minutes. Open every day from 10 am to 5 pm. California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, 55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118. (415) 379-8000.

SSsssnake Alley – ongoing exhibit
They’re scaly, slinky, and slithery, and they line the walls of a winding passageway called SSsssnake Alley. View Steinhart Aquarium residents that formerly made their home in the Swamp in Golden Gate Park , including the anaconda, ball python, pine snake, vine snakes, African rock python, California kingsnake, ground boas, and emerald tree boas. Feedings take place every Friday at 2 pm. Open every day from 10 am to 5 pm. California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, 55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118. (415) 379-8000.

Coral Reef – ongoing exhibit
View a two-story, 20,000-gallon coral reef tank that features dozens of tropical reef fish as well as a wide variety of colorful corals. Children will especially love seeing the common clownfish (often called Nemo) and the blue tang (otherwise known as Dory). Wetsuit-clad divers enter the tank every Monday and Wednesday afternoon at 2 pm to care for the corals and clean the tank walls. Academy biologists are using this enormous tank to test ideas for the even larger 212,000-gallon coral reef tank that will be a part of the new Academy when it opens in Golden Gate Park in 2008. Open every day from 10 am - 5 pm. California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, 55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118. (415) 379-8000.

Xtreme Life: On Earth and Beyond? – ongoing exhibit
Does life exist beyond Earth? Join the journey to answer this question by looking for life in some of Earth’s most extreme environments, then look for similar environments in space. Highlights of the exhibit include an interactive projection of the surface of Mars, a touchable meteorite, underwater video footage of deep-sea hydrothermal vents, and a “Microbe Hall of Fame,” where visitors can find the single-celled organisms that endure the hottest, coldest, saltiest, most acidic, most basic, and most radioactive environments on the planet. Open every day from 10 am to 5 pm. California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, 55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118. (415) 379-8000.

Discovery Tide Pool – ongoing exhibit
During your next trip to the aquarium, don’t let the fish have all the fun – start splashing at the Discovery Tide Pool, where visitors can handle a few of the animals that live along the California coastline, including turban snails, hermit crabs, and mussels. The Tide Pool is staffed with naturalists and trained nature lovers who can answer questions about the animals and their habitat. Open every day. California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, 55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118. (415) 379-8000.

November Events

PENGUIN FEEDINGS
Every Day at 11 am & 3:30 pm
During daily penguin feeding shows, visitors may watch and ask questions as one of the Academy’s aquatic biologists dons a wet suit and tosses vitamin-stuffed herring and capelin to the penguins. Each feeding takes 20 minutes. Free with museum admission.
California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, 55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118. (415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org.

PASSPORT THROUGH TIME
Every Day from 10 am - 5 pm
Dinosaurs weren’t the only ones facing a crisis 65 million years ago. Assume the role of a real creature that lived alongside the dinosaurs, then journey to the Naturalist Center to find out whether you survived the mass extinction. Your passport will be stamped either “EXTINCT” or “EVOLVED”! Free with museum admission.
California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, 55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118. (415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org.

NATURE NEST: DINOSAURS!
Every Day from 10 am - 5 pm
After checking out the DINOSAURS exhibit, be sure to visit the Nature Nest for a hands-on experience for children 5 and under. Dinosaur-themed puzzles, books, costumes, puppets, and more await your child. Free with museum admission.
California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, 55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118. (415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org.

CORAL REEF CARETAKING
Mondays, November 6, 13, 20, and 27 at 2 pm
Wednesdays, November 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29 at 2 pm
Watch as an Academy biologist suits up in SCUBA gear and dives into the Academy’s two-story Coral Reef tank to care for the reef’s inhabitants. During this 20-minute dive, the biologist will clean the tank windows and feed the anemones and fish. A second biologist will be on hand to answer questions. Free with museum admission.
California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, 55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118. (415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org.

SNAKE FEEDING
Fridays, November 3, 10, 17, and 24 at 2 pm
Watch as an Academy biologist feeds the anaconda, python, vine snakes, and more, while answering all your SSsssnake-related questions. Free with museum admission.
California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, 55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118. (415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org.

RAPTOR DINOSAURS
Friday, November 3 at 11:30 am & 12:30 pm
Wednesday, November 22 at 11:30 am & 12:30 pm
A lively presentation for all ages on Velociraptor and its close relatives. Academy “Dino Docent” Ralph Miller uses fossil casts and mechanical models to show you what these amazing Cretaceous killers were really like, inside and out. Free with museum admission.
California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, 55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118. (415) 379-8000.

CHILDREN’S STORY TIME
Saturdays, November 4, 11, 18, and 25 at 10:30 am
Thursdays, November 9 and 23 at 10:30 am
Children ages 3-5 are invited to join us for stories about nature. Free with museum admission.
California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, 55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118. (415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org.

THIRD THURSDAY
Thursday, November 16 from 5 - 9 pm
Filled with clownfish, corals, and cocktails, the Academy after-hours is the place to be on the third Thursday of every month. Explore museum and aquarium exhibits while listening to chill music and enjoying a cash bar. $5 admission after 5 pm.
California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, 55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118. (415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org.

RUN WILD 5K/10K
Sunday, November 26 at 8:30 am
Takes place in Golden Gate Park
After 21 years of running to The Far Side®, the Academy is anointing its annual Thanksgiving Weekend race with a new name: Run Wild 5K/10K. Wild and crazy costumes are still encouraged in the 5K; the top ten costumes will be awarded cash and prizes. Long-sleeve official t-shirts will be given to all registered runners/walkers, along with goodie bags and free refreshments. Pre-registration fees are $24 members/$30 non-member adults/$25 non-members ages 18 and under; race-morning fees are $35 adults/$30 ages 18 and under. For more information, to receive an entry form, or to register online, visit www.calacademy.org or call (415) 759-2690.

November Lectures

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 7
The Rise and Demise of Sea Dragons: Ichthyosaurs
Lecture by Ryosuke Motani, Associate Professor of Geology, UC Davis
California hasn’t always been known as the land of sunshine—it was actually underwater in the Age of Dinosaurs. From this time, there is a rich record of the “sea dragons” that prospered in the ocean, including the ichthyosaur Californosaurus. Ichthyosaurs invaded the seas in the wake of the worst mass extinction on this planet, and evolved from a lizard-shaped animal to fish-shaped forms. Join Motani, world expert on the subject, as he explains some of their oddities, such as huge eyes that were 10 inches across or the presence of ten fingers in the hand-flipper. 2 pm & 7:30 pm; free for members, $8 non-members; California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, 55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118. Purchase tickets by calling (415) 379-8000 or at the door, when available.

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 27
Spitzer: The Last of the Great Observatories
Lecture by Dr. George Rieke, University of Arizona
Over 20 years after starting the project, NASA launched the Spitzer infrared telescope into space as the last of the great observatories that began with the Hubble Telescope. Why did it take so long? Was it worth it? This talk will illustrate Spitzer’s capabilities by showing what we have learned about other planetary systems. Spitzer’s results are revealing new aspects of how the Earth formed and about the collisions that still occur among planets and asteroids. 7:30 pm; $4 admission; Jewish Community Center, 3200 California Street, San Francisco. Purchase tickets at the door.

 

The California Academy of Sciences, including Steinhart Aquarium and the Natural History Museum, is open to the public at 875 Howard Street. Admission to the Academy during the DINOSAURS exhibit is: $10 for adults, $6.50 for youth ages 12 to 17, seniors ages 65+ and students with valid ID, $2 for children ages four to 11, and children ages three and younger will be admitted free of charge. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day. www.calacademy.org (415) 379-8000.

The California Academy of Sciences, the fourth largest natural history museum in the United States, is home to Steinhart Aquarium, Morrison Planetarium and the Natural History Museum. The Academy is beginning an extensive rebuilding project in Golden Gate Park. Pritzker prize-winning architect Renzo Piano is designing the new Academy, which is expected to open in 2008.

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The California Academy of Sciences is home to Steinhart Aquarium, Morrison Planetarium and the Kimball Natural History Museum. The Academy is in the midst of an extensive rebuilding project in Golden Gate Park. Pritzker prize-winning architect Renzo Piano is designing the new Academy, which is scheduled to open on September 27, 2008. www.calacademy.org (415) 379-8000.

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